Basketball players and fans are found throughout the world. Why not join them? You can learn basic basketball skills without too much difficulty, and play the game reasonably well if you get these basics down.
Here are the basics you will need for basketball:
1. Boxing Out: This is really simple. You get in position between the player trying to shoot the ball and the basket. This way, if they miss the shot and it bounces back, you get a rebound shot. You can also sometimes block their shot directly from this position.
2. Dribbling: Without dribbling, you can’t play basketball. It’s an essential skill. When you dribble, you bounce the ball with your fingertips, up and down on the ground so that each time it returns to your own hand.
You want to do this lightly and in a controlled fashion so you can control its direction. Dribbling is how you move with the ball. If you pick up a ball and run more than a few steps, that is called travelling and is against the rules. You have to be able to dribble to get up and down the court with the ball.
3. Shooting and pivoting: In this basketball legends skill, you are taking a shot and trying to make a basket. Shooting is doing this directly. Pivoting is where you plant one foot and then turn to take another step or two toward the basket before taking your shot.
4. Fouls: You need to know what causes a foul and what the result of a foul is. When someone fouls they wrongly interfere with another player. The penalty is that the player who was fouled gets one or more free throws, or chances to make a basket without anyone countering them. An example of impeding a player and fouling them would be to blocks someone coming your way by moving your arms out horizontally to block them.
Other means of fouling include charging, or running with the ball toward a player who is stationary, and hacking, or hitting at the arms of someone who has the ball in play.
You can play basketball pretty well with just mastering a few simple skills. Get these basic moves and rules down, and you can enjoy a very popular sport.